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Reed Parish Council

Councillors’ Code of Conduct

Effective from 1 July 2012 Click here to download as a PDF. As a member or co-opted member of Reed Parish Council I have a responsibility to represent the community and work constructively with our staff and partner organisations to secure better social, economic and environmental outcomes for all. In accordance with the Localism Act provisions, when acting in this capacity I am committed to behaving in a manner that is consistent with the following principles to achieve best value for our residents and maintain public confidence in this authority. SELFLESSNESS: Holders of public office should act solely in terms of public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. INTEGRITY: Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their duties. OBJECTIVITY: In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit. ACCOUNTABILITY: Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office. OPENESS: Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands. HONESTY: Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest. LEADERSHIP: Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.

REGISTRATION AND DISCLOSURE OF INTERESTS

Under requirements of the Localism Act 2011 (Sections 29-34) and The Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interest) Regulations 2012, within 28 days of becoming a member or co-opted member, a notice of Interests which fall into categories set out in Appendix A or B will be submitted to the Monitoring Officer of the District Council. As a member of Reed Parish Council, my conduct will in particular address the statutory principles of the code of conduct by: Championing the needs of residents – the whole community, including those who did not vote for me – and putting their interests first. Dealing with representations or enquiries from residents, members of our communities and visitors fairly, appropriately and impartially. Not allowing other pressures, including the financial interests of myself or others connected to me, to deter me from pursuing constituents’ casework, the interests of the Authority’s area or the good governance of the authority in a proper manner. Exercising independent judgement and not compromising my position by placing myself under obligations to outside individuals or organisations who might seek to influence the way I perform my duties as a member/co-opted member of this authority. Listening to the interests of all parties, including relevant advice from statutory and other professional officers, taking all relevant information into consideration, remaining objective and making decisions on merit. Being accountable for my decisions and co-operating when scrutinised internally and externally, including by local residents. Contributing to making this authority’s decision making processes as open and transparent as possible to enable residents to understand the reasoning behind those decisions and to be informed when holding me and other members to account but restricting access to information when the wider public interest or the law requires it. Behaving in accordance with all our legal obligations, alongside any requirements contained within this authority’s policies, protocols and procedures, including on the use of the Authority’s resources. Valuing my colleagues and staff and engaging with them in an appropriate manner and one that underpins the mutual respect between us that is essential to good local government. Always treating people with respect, including the organisations and public I engage with and those I work alongside. Providing leadership through behaving in accordance with these principles when championing the interests of the community with other organisations as well as within this authority.

Appendix A

Interests defined by regulations made under section 30(3) of the Localism Act 2011 and described in the table below.
Subject
Description
Employment, office, trade, profession or vocation
Any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for profit or gain.
Sponsorship
Any payment or provision of any other financial benefit (other than from the Council) made to the member during the 12 month period ending on the latest date referred to in paragraph 6 above for expenses incurred by him/her in carrying out his/her duties as a member, or towards his/her election expenses. This includes any payment or financial benefit from a trade union within the meaning of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.
Contracts
Any contract made between the member or between his/her spouse or civil partner or the person with whom the member is living as if they were spouses/civil partners (or a body in which such a person is a partner in a firm, a director of an incorporated body or holds the beneficial interest in securities*) and the Council — (a) under which goods or services are to be provided or works are to be executed; and (b) which has not been fully discharged.
Land
Any beneficial interest in land which is within the area of the Council.
Licences
Any licence (alone or jointly with others) to occupy land in the area of the relevant authority for a month or longer.
Corporate tenancies
Any tenancy where (to the member’s knowledge)— (a) the landlord is the Council; and (b) the tenant is a body in which the member, or his/her spouse or civil partner/ the person with whom the member is living as if they were spouses/civil partners has a beneficial interest.
Securities
Any beneficial interest in securities of a body where— (a) that body (to the member’s knowledge) has a place of business or land in the area of the Council; and (b) either— (i) the total nominal value of the securities* exceeds £25,000 or one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body; or (ii) if the share capital of that body is of more than one class, the total nominal value of the shares of any one class in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest exceeds one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that class.
*‘Securities’ means shares, debentures, debenture stock, loan stock, bonds, units of a collective investment scheme within the meaning of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and other securities of any description, other than money deposited with a building society.

Appendix B

An interest which relates to or is likely to affect: (i) any body— (a) exercising functions of a public nature; (b) directed to charitable purposes; or (c) one of whose principal purposes includes the influence of public opinion or policy (including any political party or trade union) of which the member of the Council is a member or in a position of general control or management;
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© Reed Parish Council 2020 Website Accessibility Statement
Reed Village
The website of Reed Parish Council

Reed Parish Council

Councillors’ Code of Conduct

Effective from 1 July 2012 Click here to download as a PDF. As a member or co-opted member of Reed Parish Council I have a responsibility to represent the community and work constructively with our staff and partner organisations to secure better social, economic and environmental outcomes for all. In accordance with the Localism Act provisions, when acting in this capacity I am committed to behaving in a manner that is consistent with the following principles to achieve best value for our residents and maintain public confidence in this authority. SELFLESSNESS: Holders of public office should act solely in terms of public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. INTEGRITY: Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their duties. OBJECTIVITY: In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit. ACCOUNTABILITY: Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office. OPENESS: Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands. HONESTY: Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest. LEADERSHIP: Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.

REGISTRATION AND DISCLOSURE OF

INTERESTS

Under requirements of the Localism Act 2011 (Sections 29-34) and The Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interest) Regulations 2012, within 28 days of becoming a member or co-opted member, a notice of Interests which fall into categories set out in Appendix A or B will be submitted to the Monitoring Officer of the District Council. As a member of Reed Parish Council, my conduct will in particular address the statutory principles of the code of conduct by: Championing the needs of residents – the whole community, including those who did not vote for me – and putting their interests first. Dealing with representations or enquiries from residents, members of our communities and visitors fairly, appropriately and impartially. Not allowing other pressures, including the financial interests of myself or others connected to me, to deter me from pursuing constituents’ casework, the interests of the Authority’s area or the good governance of the authority in a proper manner. Exercising independent judgement and not compromising my position by placing myself under obligations to outside individuals or organisations who might seek to influence the way I perform my duties as a member/co-opted member of this authority. Listening to the interests of all parties, including relevant advice from statutory and other professional officers, taking all relevant information into consideration, remaining objective and making decisions on merit. Being accountable for my decisions and co- operating when scrutinised internally and externally, including by local residents. Contributing to making this authority’s decision making processes as open and transparent as possible to enable residents to understand the reasoning behind those decisions and to be informed when holding me and other members to account but restricting access to information when the wider public interest or the law requires it. Behaving in accordance with all our legal obligations, alongside any requirements contained within this authority’s policies, protocols and procedures, including on the use of the Authority’s resources. Valuing my colleagues and staff and engaging with them in an appropriate manner and one that underpins the mutual respect between us that is essential to good local government. Always treating people with respect, including the organisations and public I engage with and those I work alongside. Providing leadership through behaving in accordance with these principles when championing the interests of the community with other organisations as well as within this authority.

Appendix A

Interests defined by regulations made under section 30(3) of the Localism Act 2011 and described in the table below.
Subject
Description
Employment, office, trade, profession or vocation
Any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for profit or gain.
Sponsorship
Any payment or provision of any other financial benefit (other than from the Council) made to the member during the 12 month period ending on the latest date referred to in paragraph 6 above for expenses incurred by him/her in carrying out his/her duties as a member, or towards his/her election expenses. This includes any payment or financial benefit from a trade union within the meaning of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.
Contracts
Any contract made between the member or between his/her spouse or civil partner or the person with whom the member is living as if they were spouses/civil partners (or a body in which such a person is a partner in a firm, a director of an incorporated body or holds the beneficial interest in securities*) and the Council — (a) under which goods or services are to be provided or works are to be executed; and (b) which has not been fully discharged.
Land
Any beneficial interest in land which is within the area of the Council.
Licences
Any licence (alone or jointly with others) to occupy land in the area of the relevant authority for a month or longer.
Corporate tenancies
Any tenancy where (to the member’s knowledge)— (a) the landlord is the Council; and (b) the tenant is a body in which the member, or his/her spouse or civil partner/ the person with whom the member is living as if they were spouses/civil partners has a beneficial interest.
Securities
Any beneficial interest in securities of a body where— (a) that body (to the member’s knowledge) has a place of business or land in the area of the Council; and (b) either— (i) the total nominal value of the securities* exceeds £25,000 or one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body; or (ii) if the share capital of that body is of more than one class, the total nominal value of the shares of any one class in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest exceeds one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that class.
*‘Securities’ means shares, debentures, debenture stock, loan stock, bonds, units of a collective investment scheme within the meaning of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and other securities of any description, other than money deposited with a building society.

Appendix B

An interest which relates to or is likely to affect: (i) any body— (a) exercising functions of a public nature; (b) directed to charitable purposes; or (c) one of whose principal purposes includes the influence of public opinion or policy (including any political party or trade union) of which the member of the Council is a member or in a position of general control or management;